It’s been a long time since either Ole Miss or Oklahoma State have played in the Sugar Bowl, but their coaches know how to find postseason.
The Sugar Bowl marks the 10th time in 11 seasons that Mike Gundy has led Oklahoma State to a bowl game.
It’s a smaller body of a work but a higher percentage for Hugh Freeze who has led his team to a bowl game five times in five seasons.
Freeze went 10-2 at Arkansas State in 2011 but did not coach the Red Wolves in their 38-20 loss to Northern Illinois in the GoDaddy.com Bowl in Mobile as he was hired by Ole Miss shortly after the regular season concluded.
He’s now led the Rebels to four bowl games in four years, the last two of them New Year’s Six games.
Gundy failed to reach a bowl game as a head coach only in his first season when Oklahoma State went 4-7.
It was in Gundy’s fourth year that the Cowboys took a noticeable step forward. They moved from back-to-back 7-6 seasons to a run of four straight years with at least nine wins. Bowl trips in that streak included the Holiday, Cotton, Alamo and Fiesta games.
Ole Miss cornerbacks coach Jason Jones was a part othose teams. He coached cornerbacks for Gundy from 2008-2012.